Shelby County Board of Education approves land deal to benefit Vincent Middle …

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Shelby County Board of Education approves land deal to benefit Vincent Middle …
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SHELBY COUNTY, Alabama — The Shelby County Board of Education has approved the sale of 25 acres of undeveloped land near Vincent Elementary School to Montgomery-based construction company W.S. Newell & Sons Inc.

The property transaction approved at the board’s meeting last Thursday night will assist the district with plans for developing property around Vincent Middle / High School.

Superintendent Randy Fuller in an interview said the district sold the land to W.S. Newell for $ 120,000 and various property improvements worth $ 150,000 for the property near the high school.

“They will go in and do that much grading work and property improvements at Vincent Middle / High School,” Fuller said.

The land purchase will assist W.S. Newell in its project for a wider bridge on Highway 25 between Vincent and Harpersville in Shelby County, Fuller said.

The property sale follows the district’s acquisition of roughly 3 acres near the middle and high school earlier this semester…………… continues on AL.com

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A California school prepares its students for success.

Upperclassmen at Winters High School (Photos Deborah Fallows)

I visited Winters High School in Winters, California, on a whiplash rainy day in early December. The so-called Pineapple Express, the intense rainstorm that drenched Northern California, was soaking the walnut and almond groves, filling dry creekbeds with raging waters, and starting conversations about the likelihood of the rains offsetting the effects of the intense multi-year drought.

Winters High is home base to about 500 students, within a rural agricultural community of about 8000. About two-thirds of the students are Hispanic, 30 percent white, and the rest a variety. Just about all the kids in town attend the school; in fact most of the kids in town have been together in the same class since kindergarten.

Formerly dry creekbed full after the rains

Besides growing nuts, area farmers grow stone fruit, grapes for wine, olive trees, gorgeous vegetables and citrus. The famous agriculture campus at the University of California at Davis is east of Winters about 12 miles. Winters is bigger than nearby Esparto, with its small but casino-wealthy Native American tribe (which is a strong supporter of its public library, by the way) some 15 miles north. And it is way bigger than Yolo,…………… continues on The Atlantic

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